Two girls, a new school, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship. In middle school, Ayaka Shiramine was the perfect student: hard-working, with excellent grades and a great personality to match. As Ayaka enters high school she expects to still be on top, but one thing she didn't account for is her new classmate, the lazy yet genuine genius Yurine Kurosawa. What's in store for Ayaka and Yurine as they go through high school...together?
Source: Yen Press
- "Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl" is quite the amazing yuri manga. It deals with many couple inside the same school, and has one couple as focus for each volume, with the main couple intertwined in-between (although later volumes focus on them quite a lot more). Most of the girls know each other, more or less, or come to know each other as the manga follows its story. The couple are all different and distinct, and maybe more time for them to develop would have been great, but with the time they were given they have lots of room to expand, anyways. Every couple's situation is different and so are the obstacles they have to face. For this reason, there are many different stories and backstories from each of the couples and the girls that make them possible. So expect many characters and a lot of fun! There's couples that don't work and couples that form because of a heart-break and couples that recover from a bad time and couples that have a hard time defining themselves. One of the couples is even a polyamory trio, which was handled quite well.- The art is simply gorgeous, light and fluffy. Very expressive. Never falls short in quality. -The characters are all really cool and distinctive too. They develop a lot through the story, almost none are left to the side (still waiting for a focus on Uehara!). Overall, if you're into flufft, slice-of-life-ish, romance-yuri, manga, I totally recommend it. It has some more... serious? themes scattered throughout the volumes (especially in Volume 7-8 if I remember well) but all gets solved believably. Every character has their own pace, and the main couple's pace is REALLY slow, but given that, they develop as themselves so much that they find each other again. 10/10.
Ano Ko ni Kiss to Shirayuri wo is one of those shoujo-ai manga you don't really get into it. Its genre mostly is based upon comedy so this manga is very light-hearted. However, later chapters might be changing the tone of the manga although it really depends and it is still not as intense as yagakimi or citrus. For those trying to look for an intense yuri/shoujo-ai manga checking out yagakimi or citrus would be a better choice. Story : This manga doesn't solely focus on the main couple but explores different characters love life set in the same universe thus the main story shifts around a lot never focusing on any particular characters but in the end still coming back to the mains. The recent chapters starts approaching and exploring more parts of the main characters and if i may say so bringing in a more serious tone to the manga. Unfortunately there's no certain attachment for readers towards the characters because of the wide variety of characters in the manga. Yet, the main story can be quite captivating as we follow Kurosawa's journey of 'self-discovery' with the help of her love interest Shiramine Ayaka. The story line also moves at a questionably slow rate that can be possibly be considered going at its own pace. I rate this 7/10 Art : As far as art goes i would say this is quite good. The art style is unique and the expressions of the characters are fun to read. There is nothing much to say about the art as i find it very enjoyable and comfortable. I rate this 8/10 Character : Character interactions are cute and sweet and a blast to come across. In terms of characters we have a wide variety to choose from (like i previously mentioned). There are multiple couples in this manga whose story you will eventually come across but unlike the main characters they do not have much character development. As per say, the recent chapters focuses more on the main characters and we see growth in them. The character development of this story mainly focuses on developing the main and i see no reference whereby the side characters will receive any in the future. But one thing to take note is that the side characters plot can be quite interesting too and actually includes a little suspend. I rate 7.5/10 Overall : I enjoyed it a lot. However this isn't a must-read shoujo-ai manga for hard-core yuri/shoujo-ai fans out there. The plot is arranged on purpose to enhance the messy-ness of the manga as they move from characters to characters but never stray from the main characters. Its something to pick up only when you're done reading your other favourite Yuri/Shoujo-ai manga. I rate 7/10 Personal Opinion : I always have a thing for light-hearted manga's so i really enjoyed this. If you're looking for a quick and simple fun-to-read manga this is one of the best out there. There is no specific in depth plot line that feels intense. There's plenty of comedy with a slight hinge of heart-wrenching but mostly filled with enjoyable interactions and blushing between both main and side characters. As of late the progress of the story is shifting to a more serious tone which I think its good. Note : The story arrangement is alike to the shoujo manga Horimiya but comparably with many chapters dedicated to the side characters rather than to the main. This manga is not overrated nor is it underrated, its not on the highest must-read shoujo-ai list for a reason. It's right where its suppose to be. If you like it you like it, its not like one of those manga's where the further you progress the more entrance you will be by it. Its not one of those extremely immersive manga's either but nevertheless its a good manga that's worth a shot ;)
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